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It’s Fair Time In Palo Alto County

By Staff | Jul 16, 2013

GETTING?READY?FOR?THE?FAIR - 4-H and FFA?exhibitors, family members and Fair Board members turned out Saturday morning to get the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds ready for this week’s Palo Alto County Fair. Activities begin on Tuesday with judging of static exhibits in the Exhibits building, with livestock judging and the other fair activities beginning on Thursday. The Fair will run through Sunday, July 21 in Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than visiting your county fair. The 2013 edition of the Palo Alto County officially begins its four-day run this Thursday, July 18, at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. Along with 4-H and FFA livestock exhibits, there will be a variety of events and offerings to experience and see as part of an annual celebration of agriculture and community joining together.

While the first day of the fair actually takes place today, Tuesday, with judging of 4-H exhibits, the public’s first opportunity to see the projects of the county’s 4-H and FFA youth will be on Thursday.

Livestock entries arriving at the fairgrounds in the morning, the judging starts with the Dog Obedience Show in the pavilion at 10 a.m. Judging of Horticulture entries begins at 9:30 a.m. with the opening of the exhibits building. All livestock entries are to be in their respective barns by 11 a.m. as well. Judging continues at 11 a.m. with the Rabbit Show, and the dogs will participate in the Dog Agility show at 1 p.m. Judging of livestock continues at 1 p.m. with the Poultry Show and is followed at 3 p.m. by the Dairy Show. After the Dairy show, the exhibitors get a chance to turn the tables on the judges in the Youth Livestock Judging Contest, which will begin at 4 p.m., giving the youth an opportunity to test their skills at judging animals on the hoof and then comparing their efforts with an impartial judge in an informal, educational setting.

The youngest fairgoers get their chance to bask in the limelight at 6:00 p.m. in the livestock pavilion with the annual Baby Crawl and Toddler races, sponsored by the staff of the Emmetsburg Pizza Ranch. Registration for the baby crawl will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Of course, it just isn’t a county fair without food and as always, there will be good food available at the fairgrounds. Thursday evening will be the annual Palo Alto County Extension Council Barbeque supper. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. at the Open Air Pavilion.

The evening’s activities will start in the Open Air Pavilion at 6 p.m. with the Clover Kid King and Queen contest Special presentations will take place on stage at 6:30 and will be followed by he introduction of the Fair Queen Candidates. At 7 p.m. the 4-H Style Show along with Awards Program and County Council installation will take place on stage.

Audience particiaption is planned at 7:30 p.m. with a version of “Are You Smarter Than a 4-H’er?” and the 4-H Share the Fun program.

The highlight of the evening in the open-air pavilion will be the crowing of the 2013 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, which is set for 8:30 on the open-air pavilion stage.

Racing action will also take place at the Go-Kart track on the Fairgrounds starting at 7 p.m.

The Commercial Building will open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and the Palo Alto County Extension Council will be operating the Patsy Wirtz Memorial Train ride for youth around the fairgrounds.

Friday’s Schedule

The livestock pavilion will come to life with the Market Hog show begins at 8 a.m. The Palo Alto County Fair Association will host the weekly Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee on Friday morning in the Exhibits building, starting at 9:30 a.m. All Commercial Exhibit buildings will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

At noon, the 4-H Communications, Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits will be presented in the Independence Township Schoolhouse, which will provide the exhibitors with a chance to share what they have learned in the course of their project with a live audience.

A scavenger hunt for youth will begin at 1 p.m. and judging activities continue at 1:30 with the Market Goat Show in the pavilion.

Several free activities for young and old alike will be offered on Friday, starting at 2 p.m, with face painting lasting until 7 p.m. At 3 p.m. Kiracatures, the caricature artist, will begin sketching and will continue until 7 p.m.

The Market Lamb show will begin at 2:30 in the livestock pavilion. Interviews for the Bucket/Bottle Calf exhibitors will start at 3 p.m. and will be followed by the Bucket/Bottle Lamb and Goat Exhibitors interviews, at 5 p.m.

From 5 to 7 p.m., the Palo Alto County Cattlemen will be grilling and serving their annual meal at the Open Air Pavilion and from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the GLH?band will perform in concert on the open-air pavilion stage. The public is welcomed and encouraged to come to the fairgrounds for a freshly grilled meal and some great musical entertainment!

The younger set takes to the livestock pavilion at 6 p.m. Friday with the Bucket/Bottle Calf Show and at 7 p.m., the Bucket/Bottle Lamb and Goat show will take to the livestock pavilion.

The Commercial Building and exhibits will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and the day’s activities will wind down for the older youth with the annual mud volleyball tournament, starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Activities

Saturday starts with the Market Beef Show at 8:30 a.m. Feeder projects will be judged first at the Feeder barn, and then breeding classes and market beeves will take to the show ring in the Livestock pavilion. Also on tap for Saturday is the 4-H Horse Show, as the equestrians will take to the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continued through the day.

A Craft Fair will open to the public at 9 a.m. and continues through 2 p.m. in the south commercial building. The Commercial building will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., along with the 4-H Exhibits building and the Independence Township Schoolhouse will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. FUEL?Emmetsburg will sponsor Kids Games at 10:30 and the annual Pedal Pull will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday with the annual Pedal Pull, in the open-air pavilion.

Once again, Amy the face painter and balloon artist will be on the fairgrounds from 1 to 6 p.m. to entertain the youth and Kiracatures will also be drawing caricatures from 2 to 6 p.m. as well.

The County Council’s annual Cowpie Bingo will get underway at 1 p.m. and the annual Pet Show is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The Fifth Annual Ag Olympics, sponsored by the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council are planned for 3 p.m. The annual watermelon-eating contest is planned for 4 p.m. near the livestock pavilion and the “Win It in a Minute” game show will follow at 5 p.m. in the open-air pavilion.

The Palo Alto County Peace Officers’ Barbeque supper is set for Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the open-air pavilion. The barbeque is guaranteed to fuel everyone up for the return of the Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search to the Palo Alto County Fair, which starts at 6 p.m. on stage in the Open Air Pavilion..

Final Day Activities

The fair winds down on Sunday, with exhibits other than livestock being sold on the auction being released from the grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The annual Pony Express Riders Horse Show will start at 11 a.m. in the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena. Next door, the Emmetsburg Karting Association will sponsor Go Kart races at the Emmetsburg Raceway, located on the west end of the fairgrounds. Hot laps will get underway at 2:30 p.m. with racing to start at 3 p.m. There is no admission fee to watch the excitement of the racing.

At 2 p.m., the All Premium Livestock Auction will take place in the pavilion to close out the livestock events of the fair.

The fair officially comes to a close at 9 p.m. with the annual Teen Dance in the Exhibits Building to bring the 2013 Palo Alto County Fair to a close.

There is no admission charge for any of the activities at the 2013 Palo Alto County Fair.